[ tah-bluh, tuhb-luh ]
/ ˈtɑ blə, ˈtʌb lə /


a small drum or pair of drums of India tuned to different pitches and played with the hands.


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Origin of tabla

1860–65; earlier tubla < Hindi tablā < Arabic ṭabla, derivative of ṭabl drum Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for tabla

/ (ˈtʌblə, ˈtɑːblɑː) /


a musical instrument of India consisting of a pair of drums whose pitches can be varied

Word Origin for tabla

Hindu, from Arabic tabla drum
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